David Hogg is no stranger to trolls on the internet. The 17-year-old survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida has become a target for right wing extremists who would rather mock a mass shooting survivor than consider even the most sensible reforms on gun ownership.
Hogg has been called a crisis actor by conspiracy theorists, a claim that has been proven false. He has also been viciously portrayed in right wing memes and vemes as a target at gun ranges, frequently with crosshairs on his photos.
Nonetheless, the Florida teen has persevered, seemingly out-trolling the trolls and quite effectively silencing his detractors through his quick wit and expertise of the internet that only an American teenager could possess.
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But Hogg’s most effective counterpunch came when he changed his default photo on Twitter. Wearing a pink “pussy hat” and donning the phrase “the snowflakes,” Hogg appropriated the tired conservative tropes, rendering them utterly useless, similar to how Republicans embraced the term “deplorables”— the obvious difference between the two notwithstanding.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 27, 2018
Bottom line: Don’t mess with teenagers on the internet; it won’t end well.